The Guardian is asking if Scotland's amazing win over France last night was its greatest ever. But I'm wondering which was the most impressive of the victories won by all three British teams in yesterday's Euro 2008 qualifiers. Scotland's was clearly sensational, not only the result but also the way it was won and its implications: as well as being secured against great odds away from home it took them to the top of their group, while James McFadden's winning goal was described this morning by Five Live's Roddy Forsyth as "transcendent" (of what he didn't say, but never mind). England's defeat of Russia can't compete with that, although it was important for confirming that the right blend of players is more important than fitting in all the stars.
But what about Wales's 5-2 rout of Slovakia? True, the opposition was less vaunted than Scotland's and with neither side having a hope of qualifying the stakes were not as high. Yet barely a year ago the Slovaks had won 5-1 in Cardiff, so the turnaround by John Toshack's team was huge. Two further factors made the win special. Craig Bellamy's virtuoso performance followed his withdrawal from Saturday's losing encounter with Germany due to his newborn having health problems. This backdrop invests his derring-do with an extra emotional power. Finally, the fact that the match took place before fewer than 5,500 fans - the sort of gate Orient get - lends it a novel form of underdog glamour in my view.